23 Nov

Title: Legendary
Mel Damski
John Posey
Devon Graye, John Cena, Patricia Clarkson, Danny Glover
MPAA Rating:
PG-13, suggestive material, brief partial nudity and some fighting scenes
107 min
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Legendary is one seriously clichéd film, one that is predictable from start to finish and follows and over-used formula all the way to its generic ending. That’s pretty much all you need to know, however, this one does at least count with Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover, who are very good actors and deserve much better than this. The story is one we’ve heard before countless times in one way or another, this weak and smart teenager joins his school’s wrestling team so as to reunite his brother, who will now coach him, and his mother, who have been estranged from each other for a decade after their dad, who was himself a wrestling legend in college, passed away in a car accident.

The actors are forced to utter some seriously cringe-worthy lines, and the results are all predictably gooey. The dad that died on the way to his eldest son’s wrestling match, the mother estranged from said brother, the younger brother bulking up to get them together, yadda yadda yadda. This really would have stood as a decent Hallmark TV-film, and the fact that this one had only 18 days between its theatrical and home video release I guess goes to show that the studio probably thought so too. Hell, even Mr. Glover, who’s an awesome man, is emasculated to a pretty sucky role as the guy who meets with the boy and is super nice to him an imparts wisdom, you know the type.

However, Patricia Clarkson was the saving grace of this film. Ms. Clarkson is an amazing actress, anyone who’s seen Pieces of April, The Station Agent, Far From Heaven or any her other amazing performances will surely be able to attest to that, and in Legendary she actually manages to make something out of her character, Sharon, the mother of the story. Even though you know how her story will go, she manages to add dimension to her character and make her feel real, and in a movie as clichéd as this you feel really grateful for something like that.

I guess you shouldn’t expect much from a film that was produced by the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) and that stars John Cena, one of the WWE’s most commercial wrestlers who also wrongfully thinks he can act, in the role of the older brother, Mike. And I personally wasn’t expecting much, and I got what I knew I was going to get so I won’t be calling this one as disappointment, just an expected bad film. I just can’t figure out why the hell Ms. Clarkson signed on to this one.

Legendary is every bit the film you would expect. There are wrestling scenes with Cena to please the WWE fanboys, there are wrestling scenes with the kid, there’s the bully who’s also on the team, there’s Mr. Glover complying with the need for an old African American wise man that will also narrate everything for us and utter some dumb lines along the way, and there’s everything else you expect in a film that will try and manipulate tears out of you, but that won’t achieve it. But as I said, this one at least still counts with Patricia Clarkson to make it bearable, and at the very least it wasn’t disappointing, but instead was everything you’d expect from it, and I give out points for that. No matter how sub-par the result, it sucks less when you were prepared for it.

Grade: C


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